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* Kinko Sousho (John Breen, Shigeki Moro)
* Fujiwara no Tadazane (Ingrid Parker, Mikael Adolphson, Jan Goodwin, Karl Friday)
* Job Announcement, Librarian (Elizabeth Oyler)
* Upcoming Gagaku performances in DC and SF Bay areas (Ellen Davis)
* Noh-themed short stories (Kenneth J. Bryson)
* Tanaka Takaaki (1934-2004)
* AJLS news/conference program (Eiji Sekine)
* McArthur and his cultural interest (Karin Lofgen, Robert Borgen, Tom Rohlich)
* Writings on igo? (Morgan Pitelka, Hideyuki Morimoto)
* "Biwa - A World within the Sounding String" (Barbara Ruch)
* Writings on igo? (Charles deWolf, Bernhard Scheid)
* McArthur and his cultural interest? (William Higginson, Karel Fiala)
* Nisus Writer Express 2.0 released (Nobumi Iyanaga)
* Kyoto Lectures September 24: Bernard Faure (Roberta Strippoli)
* e-mail address request [for Christine Guth] (Richard Bowring)
* Heike-related question (Maggie Childs, Michael Watson)
* CFP Seventh Annual Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference (Jessey Choo)
* Kyoto Graduate Research Workshop Announcement (Sharon Yamamoto)
* Pure Lands in Japanese Religions (Galen Amstutz)
* Talk by Beatrice Bodart-Bailey at the Asiatic Society of Japan
* Sun, Moon, and Stars (Ted Demura-Devore)
* Conference on Japanese Linguistics & Language Teaching (Aldo Tollini)
* Premodern Japan Course Design Dilemmas (G. Cameron Hurst)
* AJLS Registration (reminder) (Paul Atkins)
* undergraduate study in Japan (Susan Videen)
* Women Praying for the Salvation of their Mothers (Monika Dix)

Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 08:58:01 +0100
From: John Breen <>
Subject: Re: Kinko Sousho


I may be wrong, but I thought that Tokugawa rinseishi kenkyu jo Kenkyu kiyo
was bound together as Kinko Sosho. If I am wrong, apologies; if I am right,
check out

Best wishes

Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 00:41:07 +0900
From: 師 茂樹 [Moro Shigeki] <>
Subject: Re: Kinko Sousho

On 2004/09/01, at 7:47, Morgan Pitelka wrote:

Does anyone know if an index of the contents of the journal _Kinko Sousho_
(Tokugawa Reimeikai) is available online, or elsewhere?

I hope the url below would help you:

Shigeki Moro
Hanazono University, Kyoto
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 06:58:53 EDT
Subject: Re: Fujiwara no Tadazane

Hello all,

Another naive question of a historical nature: Chancellor Fujiwara no Tadazane, the man who became involved in 12th century marriage politics and the split in the Fujiwara sekkanke that led to the Hogen rebellion (which may be said to have led to the Heike wars and have changed subsequent history) and who was summarily executed for his role in the rebellion, wrote a diary during his years at court. This was a politically troubled time, but I cannot find any evidence that the diary was ever translated into English.

Why not? Is it really that unimportant? Or have I overlooked a source?


Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2004 14:50:29 -0400
From: Mikael Adolphson <>
Subject: Re: Fujiwara no Tadazane

I think the answer to your question is fairly simple. Only parts of the Tadazane's diary (Denryaku) survive, and unfortunately, it is from his early years (1098-1118), so we lack entries from the years when his activities were more compelling. On a side note, Tadazane was spared execution, and retired instead to a temple (Chisokuin), where he died in 1162.

Mikael Adolphson

Associate Professor, Japanese History
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2004 15:13:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Janet R. Goodwin" <>
Subject: Re: Fujiwara no Tadazane

Kanbun diaries like that of Tadazane are valuable but often neglected
historical sources. I suppose that's partly because they don't seem as
exciting as literary texts, and partly because they're difficult to read.
But they contain a lot of information about daily life at court,
ceremonies, and social customs and mores, and should certainly be used
(and translated) far more than they have been so far. Some good projects
for someone hunting for a dissertation topic!

The kanbun workshops held at the University of Southern California &
elsewhere should help to alleviate some of the difficulties in reading
these materials.

--Jan Goodwin
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 06:32:05 EDT
Subject: Re: Tadazane

My thanks to Mikael Adolphson and Jan Goodwin for their responses. Sorry about my mistake about Tadazane's fate. I see he was "shut up" in the Chisoku-In. A confusing time. And I do agree that the diaries (even partial ones) are wonderful sources for the times. A pity there isn't much interest.

I.J.Parker (Ingrid)
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 10:16:39 -0400
From: Karl Friday <>
Subject: Re: Tadazane

At AM 06:32 09/03/04, wrote:

>I do agree that the diaries (even partial ones) are wonderful sources for the times.・ >A pity there isn't much interest.

I think you're selling the field short on this one.・hile there may not be much interest in translating court diaries (and here problems of limited audience come to mind--the bulk of the material in most diaries is phenomenally dull reading), there is certainly no lack of interest in using them as historical sources.・n fact, I'm hard-pressed to think of a single major publication on Heian history during the past 20 years or so that doesn't make use of court diaries.

Translations of this sort of source are, it seems to me, of fairly limited value.・hey can be useful as supplementary texts for appropriate college courses, and they can be helpful short cuts for researchers working with the materials--quicker and easier to skim in search of passages of interest--but they have only marginal appeal for the legendary "generally interested readers" who justify book-length publications, and serious students need to work with the originals anyway.

What I look forward to is not more translations of sources into Western languages or modern Japanese, but more re-publication of these sources in digital form--which allows researchers to search the entire text for any words or names.・hese effectively make condordia and indexes obsolete.・he CD versions of texts like Azuma kagami and Gokuyo are fantastic tools--if you haven't worked with them yet, RUN, don't walk, to Jimbocho to get your copies!・nd this sort of project has the added advantage of economy--especially in comparison to translations--since the bulk of the labor involved is simply scanning or retyping the texts into digital format.

Karl Friday
Professor of Japanese History
Dept. of History
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 11:50:55 -0500
From: Elizabeth Oyler <>
Subject: Job Announcement, Librarian


Please see job announcement (below) for a Japanese Catalog Librarian at our university.

Thank you,
E. Oyler

Japanese Catalog Librarian/Subject Librarian
Washington University in St. Louis

The Washington University Libraries invites applications for the position of Japanese Catalog Librarian/Subject Librarian.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Working in the East Asian Library and reporting to the East Asian and Near Eastern Studies Librarian, the Japanese Catalog Librarian/Subject Librarian performs original and adaptive cataloging of Japanese language materials, selects materials in all formats and languages on Japanese studies, develops and maintains electronic resources and services, provides reference service and bibliographic instruction related to Japanese studies, and serves as a liaison to Japanese studies faculty and students.

QUALIFICATIONS: MLS degree from an ALA accredited school or equivalent; fluency in written and spoken Japanese, and familiarity with scholarly trends in Japanese studies; and knowledge of AACR2 2002 Revision, LC Classification, LCSH, LCRI, and MARC formats required. Advanced academic work in Japanese studies, knowledge of electronic resources in Japanese studies, and knowledge of Japanese publishing industry desirable. Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library, and knowledge of OCLC CJK or RLIN CJK online cataloging preferred. Must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team, and communicate effectively in both oral and written English.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Washington University, located at the western edge of the city of St. Louis, is a medium-sized, independent university founded in 1853, and is internationally known for excellence in teaching and research and for the quality of its faculty and student body. The East Asian Library is one of fourteen school and departmental libraries serving the Washington University community. The library serves an essential role in the university's East Asian studies program. For more information, please visit the Washington University/Libraries' web sites at;, and the East Asian Library's web site at


APPLICATION INFORMATION: For full consideration, applicants should send a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references to: Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1178, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105. Position will remain open until filled; initial review of applications will begin immediately.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Elizabeth Oyler
Assistant Professor, Japanese
Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
Campus Box 1111
One Brookings Drive
Washington University
St. Louis, MO 63130
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 20:41:07 +0000
Subject: Upcoming Gagaku performances in DC and SF Bay areas

Greetings all,

I have just been made aware of two upcoming events that members of this list may be interested in. This group is (conveniently!) performing in both the Washington, DC and San Francisco Bay areas.

"Music From Japan's 30th Anniversary Season Festival - Reigaku and Gagaku: A Living Tradition

For more than 1,000 years, the Todai-ji monastery temple in Nara, Japan, has housed the treasured Shoso-in collection of musical instruments and artifacts that were transported to Japan from as far away as Persia along the famed Silk Road in the 8th century. Music From Japan's 30th Anniversary Project presents new music (reigaku) composed specifically for these rare ancient instruments, as well as traditional gagaku (Japan's Imperial court music), in a special U.S. concert appearance by Reigakusha, Japan's leading ensemble. Committed to bridging cultural differences through music's universal appeal and sharing the rich heritage of Japanese musical traditions, Music From Japan celebrates its 30th anniversary as the leading producer/presenter of contemporary and traditional Japanese music in the United States. "

Kennedy Center performance, 7 PM on Sept. 9th (Thursday):

UC Berkeley performance, 3 PM on Sept. 12th (Sunday):

(The program notes are already online at the Berkeley site.)

Ellen Davis
Centreville, VA
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 20:25:59 -0400
From: "Kenneth J. Bryson" <>
Subject: Re: Noh-themed short stories

I have been reading Matsuda Tamotsu's <Noh to kotenbungaku> (Kouronsha,
1981]and wonder if it has been translated into English. I would appreciate
information from anyone with knowledge in this regard.

Kenneth J. Bryson
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 22:03:53 -0400
From: Michael Watson <>
Subject: Tanaka Takaaki (1934-2004)

Heian literature specialist Tanaka Takaaki has died in Fukushima on the 4th September.

Dr Tanaka was professor of the Faculty of Letters, Waseda University. His main field of study was Genji monogatari and its reception of Chinese literature. He was also very active in the field of comparative literature and intercultural relations in ancient East Asia, conducting joint research projects with scholars from Chinese and Korean scholars, and organizing international conferences. His major publications are as follows:

源氏物語歴史と虚構 / 田中隆昭著. -- 勉誠社, 1993
_Genji monogatari: rekishi to kyokou_ (Benseisha, 1993)

源氏物語引用の研究 / 田中隆昭著. -- 勉誠出版, 1999
_Genji monogatari: in'you no kenkyuu_ (1999) (abstract)

交流する平安朝文学 / 田中隆昭著. -- 勉誠出版, 2004
_Kouryuu suru Heian-chou bungaku_ (2004) (table of contents)

The last volume contains English translations of three papers: (1) Missions from Bohai to Japan in Utsuho monogatari and Genji monogatari; (2) The realm of the immortals in Genji monogatari; and (3) From Short to Long Forms of Narration:
Genji Monogatari and Tang Chuanqi Tales. (The last is also included in Mabel Lee and Meng Hua, eds., _Cultural dialogue and misreading_ [Broadway, Australia: Wild Peony, 1997]).

Professor Tanaka edited or co-edited numerous publications:

東アジアの中の平安京 (論集平安文学2)-- 勉誠出版, 1995
_Higashi Ajia no naka no Heian-kyou_ (1995) (table of contents)

東アジアの遣唐使 / 田中隆昭・王勇編 -- 勉誠出版, 1999 (アジア遊学 3)
_Higashi Ajia no kentoushi_. Co-edited with Wang Yong (1999) (table of contents)

天神さまの起源 / 田中隆昭監修. -- 勉誠出版, 2001
_Tenjin-sama no kigen_ (2001) (table of contents)

渤海使と日本古代文学 / 田中隆昭監修. -- 勉誠出版, 2003. (アジア遊学 別冊 No.2)
_Pokkaishi to Nihon kodai bungaku_ (2003) (table of contents)

日本古代文学と東アジア / 田中隆昭編. -- 勉誠出版, 2004
_Nihon kodai bungaku to Higashi Ajia_ (2004) (table of contents)

日本の遣唐使 / 田中隆昭・王勇編 -- 勉誠出版, 2004 (アジア遊学 4)
_Nihon no kentoushi_. Co-edited with Wang Yong (2004) (table of contents)

Some members of pmjs may remember Professor Tanaka from Budapest, where he read a paper at the Eighth International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies in August, 1997. Ill health prevented him from presenting at the EAJS conference in Warsaw in 2003.

The wake (tsuya) will be held on September 6th. The funeral on September 7th will take place at St Mary's Cathedral in Bunkyou-ku.

Michael Watson <>
Midorikawa Machiko <>
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 12:50:35 -0500
From: eiji sekine <>
Subject: Ajls news/conference program

Dear netters,

Our apologies for cross-listing. Here is a copy of the latest AJLS
newsletter, which includes our thirteenth annual meeting program. Printed
copies will be available in a couple of weeks or so.

Thank you for your attention and please plan to come to our meeting.

Eiji Sekine
AJLS Newsletter

Association for Japanese Literary Studies

No. 20 (Fall, 2004) Edited by Eiji Sekine

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Thirteenth Annual Meeting Program

Landscapes Imagined and Remembered

University of Washington, Seattle
October 22-24, 2004

Twenty-four papers and three keynote addresses will explore the role of
landscape in Japanese literature from earliest times to the present.

All inquiries may be directed to the organizers via the contact information
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AJLS 2004, c/o Department of Asian Languages and Literature, University of
Washington, Box 353521, Seattle, WA 98195-3521,

Phone: 206-543-4996
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All panels will be held in the Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall

Friday, October 22

8:00-8:30 Coffee and opening remarks


Landscapes of the Mind: Ideological Mapping in Premodern and Modern Texts

Jim Reichert (Stanford University), "Decadent Landscape: The Inusaka
Keno/Asakeno Episode in Hakkenden"

Atsuko Ueda (Princeton University), "Ideological Landscape: Asianism (kooa)
in 1880s Japan"

Michael Dylan Foster (University of California, Riverside), "Walking in the
City with Natsume Soseki: The Metaphorical Landscape in 'Koto no sorane'"

Christine Marran (University of Minnesota), "Intergalactic Landscapes and
Language in Science Fiction"

10:30-10:45 Coffee break



Matsuoka Shinpei (Tokyo University), "Chuusei Nihon no fuukei o kangaeru:
Zeami no noo o kiten ni shite―"
12:00-1:00 Lunch


Looking Back from the Margins: Re-presenting the Tohoku Landscape in
Literature and Ethnology

Hoyt Long (University of Michigan), "Provincializing 'Landscape' and
Imagining the Region in Modern Tohoku"

Kyoko Ando (Otsuma Women's University), "Folktales and Spiritualism in the
Landscapes of Miyazawa Kenji"

Melek Ortabasi (Hamilton College) "Landscape and the Lonely Traveler:
Yanagita Kunio and Sugae Masumi"

2:30-3:00 Coffee break


A Sense of Place: Medieval Visions of Kamakura in the Heike monogatari and

Vyjayanthi Ratnam (Cornell University), "Shifting Ground: Kamakura in the
Narrative Topography of the Heike Corpus"

Elizabeth Oyler (Washington University), "Journeys of Exile in the Heike
monogatari: Shigehira and Munemori in Captivity"

Michael Watson (Meiji Gakuin University), "Yoritomo's Shrine by the Sea:
Narrative Functions of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu"

6:00-9:00 Conference Banquet

Saturday, October 23

8:00-8:30 Coffee

8:30-10:30 Individual Papers

Atsuko Sakaki (University of Toronto), "Dis-Orienting Abe Kooboo: Manchuria,
Aporia, and Nomadia"

Thomas Hackner (University of Trier), "Shiga Shigetaka's Nihon fuukei-ron
and Meiji Literature"

Barbara Hartley (University of Auckland), …she Violated Body as Landscape:
Rupture and Mutilation in the Narratives of Kim Sa-ryang and Yi Yang-ji"

Theresa Orth (University of California, Los Angeles), "Majestic Landscape,
Marginal Space: Mountains in Early Modern Japanese Literature"

10:30-10:45 Coffee break


Nakahodo Masanori (University of the Ryukyus), "Okinawa bungaku ni miru fuukei no hen'yoo"

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Landscape as Discourse: The Seasons as Intersections between Actual and
Discursive Spaces

Haruo Shirane (Columbia University), "Shifting Poetic Landscape: From
Agrarian Seasons to Court Seasons"

Gian Piero Persiani (Columbia University), "Categorization by Prototype: the
Heian Episteme in the Diction of the Kokinshuu"

Akiko Takeuchi (Columbia University), "Taema: Intersections between Seasonal
and Ritual Landscapes in Noh"

2:30-3:00 Coffee

3:00-4:30 Individual Papers

Alex Bates (University of Michigan), "Viewing the Ruins: Devastated
Cityscapes and the Urban Observer after the Great Kantoo Earthquake"

Rachel DiNitto (College of William and Mary), "Excavating Memory in the
Modern City"

Stephen D. Miller (Smith College), "Shinjuku ni-choome and its Peripheries
since the 'Gay Boom'"

Sunday, October 24

8:00-8:30 Coffee

8:30-10:30 Individual Papers

Anne Commons (University of Alberta), "The Construction of Akashi as Sacred

Joseph Sorensen (University of Colorado at Boulder), "Poetic Landscapes and
Landscape Poetry in Heian Japan"

Christian Ratcliff (Yale University), "The Traveling Poet as Witness:
Established Poets Facing New Realities in the Kamakura Period"

Cheryl Crowley (Emory University), "Yosa Buson's Imagined Landscapes: Haikai
Verse and Image"

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:00 Keynote:

John Treat (Yale University), "Colonial Seoul in Japanese and Korean
Fiction: Scenes from a Forgotten Landscape"
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 13:08:54 +0200
From: Karin Lofgren <>
Subject: McArthur and his cultural interest?

Dear all,

I am about to write a short article about "war and cultural heritage" concerning among other topics; the fate of Nara and Kyoto during the Second World War. I have at the moment no deeper knowledge about what circumstances that actually lay behind the common thought that general McArthur "saved" Kyoto and Nara because he realized the historical significance of these two cities. That he hindered the bombings of Kyoto and Nara. As a historian - I tend to be a little suspicious about statements like this...history is generally not just black and white as we all very well know! If anyone in this group would have a good idea where I should direct my initial search I would be most grateful. If possible I would like to avoid digging into dozens of volumes treating the Japanese American war history on a general level. Perhaps (hopefully) there is someone who has already treated this subject and whose text I could refer to? All hints are warmly welcome.

With my very best regards,


Karin Lofgren
Ph.D Architect
History of Japanese Architecture
KAD Karin Lofgren Arkitektur & Design
Helgagatan 36:10
118 58 Stockholm
+46 (0)8 462 01 45
//For technical reasons I have removed the umlaut over the o in Karin's surname.
//It came through unscathed in one email software but caused mojibake on another. /ed.
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 08:31:20 -0700
From: Robert Borgen <>
Subject: Re: McArthur and his cultural interest?

I don't recall McArthur having been given much credit for saving historic cities. Instead, I think the old claim was that the Harvard art historian Langdon Warner was responsible for using his influence to insure that Kyoto and Nara weren't bombed. Later, Otis Cary argued more plausibly that credit should go to to Henry Stimson, Roosevelt's Secretary of War (a title subsequently euphemised into the current "Secretary of Defense"). A search of the Bibliography of Asian Studies reveals 3 articles (with more or less the same titles) by him on the topic. The most accessible would probably be "The Sparing of Kyoto--Mr. Stimson's 'Pet City'" in Japan Quarterly 22.4 (Oct.-Dec. 1975).

Robert Borgen
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 13:54:35 -0400
From: "Tom Rohlich" <>
To: Multiple recipients of pmjs <>
Subject: Re: McArthur and his cultural interest?


I'm not sure how the work is viewed by historians on the subject, but long time Kyoto resident Otis Cary wrote a rather personal interpretation in a book titled _Mr. Stimson's 'Pet City'--The Sparing of Kyoto, 1945_ and _Atomic Bomb Targeting--Myths and Realities_, which came out in 1987, although the first part was originally published as Amherst House Moonlight Series #3 in 1975. It includes a Japanese translation of the English text and a number of documents, memoranda and 'top secret' US documents. As the title suggests, Otis Cary largely attributes the sparing of Kyoto to Sec. of War Henry L. Stimson, and attempts to 'debunk the myth' that it was the work of Langdon Warner, of the Harvard Fogg Museum. It's probably not an easy book to get ahold of. When I last noticed, the Amherst House at Doshisha University was selling photocopies of the book.


Tom Rohlich
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063 USA
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 10:56:42 -0700
From: Morgan Pitelka <>
Subject: Writings on igo?

Dear colleagues,

Does anyone know of any academic writing in English on the topic of the game
go/igo? I have nosed around in various databases but come up with nothing
but popular instructional texts.



Morgan Pitelka
Asian Studies Department
408 Johnson Hall
Occidental College
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 19:37:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: Hideyuki Morimoto <>
Subject: Re: Writings on igo?

A WorldCat search retrieves the following English-language academic writings on "go (game)."

Burmeister, Jay Madison. _Studies in human and computer go
assessing the game of go as a research domain for cognitive
science_. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Queensland, 2000.

Chiang, Rong-yaw. _A pattern knowledge acquisition tool and user
interface for computer go_. Thesis (M.S.)--University of North
Carolina at Charlotte, 1990.

Enderton, Herbert D. _The Golem go program_. (Research paper
(Carnegie Mellon University. School of Computer Science) ;
CMU-CS-92-101) Pittsburgh, Pa.  School of Computer Science,
Carnegie Mellon University, [1991]

Fairbairn, John. _Invitation to go_. Oxford ; New York  Oxford
University Press, 1977.

Friedenbach, Kenneth Joseph. _Abstraction hierachies  a model of
perception and cognition in the game of "go"_. Thesis (Ph. D.)--
University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980.

Hawks, Brent C. _A study in goal-directed game tree searching for
go_. Thesis (M.S.)--Brigham Young University. Dept. of Computer
Science, 1987.

Kim, Yonghoan. _New values in domineering and loopy games in go_.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 1995.

Lehner, Paul Edward. _Planning in adversity  a computational model
of strategic planning in the game of go_. Thesis (Ph. D.)--
University of Michigan, 1981.

Li, Chung-Chih, 1962- _Analysis of go game tactics based on
predefined canonical sequences_. Thesis (M.S.)--Lamar University.

Lu, Xuejun. _SmartStone  an artificial intelligence go program_.
Thesis (M.S.)--California State University, Northridge, 2002.

Marek, Joseph Dennis. _Mythematical go  pieces for a self-playing
game_. Thesis (M.S.)--Pacific Lutheran University, 1996.

Molin, Arthur William. _Game playing via abstract feature
recognition  the game of go_. Thesis (M.S.)--University of
California, Santa Cruz, 1988.

Pell, Barney. _Exploratory learning in the game of go_. (Technical
report (University of Cambridge. Computer Laboratory) ; no. 275)
Cambridge, England  University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory,

Raonak-Uz-Zaman, Mohammed. _Applications of neural networks in
computer go_. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Texas Tech University, 1998.

Ryder, Jonathan Leonard, 1942- _Heuristic analysis of large trees as
generated in the game of go_. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Stanford University,

Shyu, Weng-Yu. _Joseki search, parallel computation, and computer go
a new approach to the joseki problems_. Thesis (Ph. D)--City
University of New York, 1993.

Xia, Chenhong, 1964- _Decision-making factors in go expertise_.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--New Mexico State University, 1997.

Zobrist, Albert Lindsey. _Feature extraction and representation for
pattern representation for pattern recognition and the game of go_.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1970.

Hideyuki Morimoto
Japanese Cataloger
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
300 Kent Hall, mail code 3901
Columbia University Voice: +1-212-854-1510
1140 Amsterdam Ave. Fax: +1-212-662-6286
New York, NY 10027
U.S.A. Electronic Mail:
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 21:41:21 -0400
From: "Barbara Ruch" <>
Subject: "Biwa - A World within the Sounding String"

Sponsored by the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies and funded by the
Medieval Japanese Studies Foundation (NY) with support from the
International Foundation of Arts and Culture (Japan) we are honored to
present our fourth major Japanese Music Event. This is part of our ongoing
effort to activate on campus first hand experience with traditional Japanese
musical instruments, demonstrate their historic cultural roles, and reveal
their modern day potential. We hope these efforts will contribute to an
enrichment of the mainstream university music curricula and performance
activities while at the same time offering memorable music experiences to
the broader New York community.

Please join us at:

“Biwa -- A World Within the Sounding String”
Illustrated Lecture and Concert
Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 to 8:30pm, Low Rotunda
Columbia University, 116th and Broadway
New York, NY 10027

This event features four biwa experts:
Haruko Komoda (Professor of Musicology; Heike biwa specialist; Musashino
Academia Musicae, Tokyo)
Charles (Ranjo) Marshall (Cambridge University musicologist; Biwa performer
and teacher; disciple of the late world-renowned biwa artist Yoshinori Fumon)
Senshu Motohashi (Satsuma biwa artist)
Noriko Motohashi (Chikuzen biwa artist)

Following the illustrated lecture and concert there will be a reception in
the Faculty Room to meet the artists.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, please
call 212-854-7403 or email us at

Please join us.

Also, we would like to share that The Project for Premodern Studies, USC in
conjunction with The Institute for Medieval Japan Studies, Columbia
University, and the Southern California Japan Seminar, presents two
lecture-demonstrations featuring the Japanese biwa musicologist, Musashino
Academia Musicae Prof. Haruko Komoda, and Mr. Thomas Ranjo (aka Charlie

The History of the Biwa and its Repertoires
September 23, 6:45 pm, East Asia (Stoops) Library.
Reception following.

A History of Blind Musicians in Japan
September 24, 3:00 pm
Senior Commons Room, Parkside International College
3771 South McClintock

These programs are presented with support by the departments of History and
East Asian Languages and Cultures, the East Asian Studies Center, and the
USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. For further information call
Prof. Joan Piggott, Department of History, 213 821-5872.
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 20:14:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Charles DeWolf <>
Subject: Re: Writings on igo?

For what it's worth, I've published an article in The
Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, Vol. 14,
1999, entitled "Glimpses of Go in Japanese
Literature." I offer some historical background and
discuss relevant texts ranging from premodern to

There's nothing technical about it, but I suppose that
in its own way it is "academic."

Best wishes

Charles De Wolf
Keio University
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2004 23:35:16 -0400
From: "William J. Higginson" <>
Subject: Re: McArthur and his cultural interest?

In his final years, Harold G. Henderson (1889-1974), author and
translator of a book or two on Japanese art, of the *Handbook of
Japanese Grammar* (1941/1944), and of *The Bamboo Broom* (1934)/*An
Introduction to Haiku* (1958), told me in a private conversation that he
had had some influence on the "sparing of Kyoto" during WWII. As he told
it, his interest in Japanese art (of which he was Assoc. Prof. at
Columbia for a number of years before and after the war--he worked in
MacArthur's headquarters in the Occupation) and involvement with the
Rockefeller-supported Asia Society and Japan Society in New York, gave
him access to Rockefeller's ear (it would be John D. III, I expect). He
believed that his influence on Rockefeller helped his
politically-powerful friend influence the decision. (Since Henderson was
elderly at the time, dealing with events more than 30 years prior, and I
am here dealing with events now another 30 years prior, I realize that
this is weak evidence at best!)

I have not seen any corroboration of this, nor heard any of my haiku
colleagues who knew him mention it. But among the haiku people in the
Haiku Society of America (NY metro area) then, I was the only veteran
who had served in Japan, and we shared stories of our different times
there. Henderson was basically a modest man, but proud of his
involvement in the Occupation and particularly of the quiet liaison he
and R. H. Blyth set up between SCAP and the Imperial Household, a
conduit which apparently helped draft the Imperial rescript of New
Year's Day 1946, renouncing the Emperor's divinity. (Blyth, he of the
four-volume *Haiku* and numerous other books on Zen and Japanese
literature, was then a tutor to the Crown Prince, the current Emperor.)
This latter story was written down by Henderson and published in *A
Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968-1988*, an in-house history
which may still be available, if anyone's interested. (Drop me a note
off-list and I'll try to find a copy for you; I can't find any at my
usual online used booksellers, but there may still be a source in the HSA.)

In any case, Henderson knew a number of the folks others have mentioned
as possibly involved in leveraging Kyoto out of the bomb sights,
especially Langdon Warner, who was a close friend, according to
Henderson's wife (this from her memoir of him, also published in *A
Haiku Path*).

I would imagine that several such people might have pulled whatever
strings they could to save Nara and Kyoto from destruction, and like
most such events, it would be a bit surprising if any one person below
Stimson turned the key solo. (I wonder if they knew what had happened in
Dresden then . . .)

For what it's worth . . .

Bill Higginson
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:42:47 +0900
From: "Karel Fiala" <>
Subject: McArthur and Kyoto

Dear All,
What about asking Grant Goodman, Professor Emeritus of history at
Kansas Univ., who was McArthur's personal interpreter and has written a
book about it ? K.Fiala
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:06:59 +0200
From: "Bernhard Scheid" <>
Subject: Re: Writings on igo?

I had been dealing with this subject a while ago, so my knowledge may
not be up to date, but as concerns historical studies there is indeed
only very little. A book not mentioned in the list by Hideyuki Morimoto
is John Power's "Invincible - The Games of Shusaku, Kiseido Publishing
Company, 1982" Apart from a dilligent collection of games of Honinbo
Shusaku (probably the greatest player of the 19th cent.) it contains a
very useful overview of the history of Go in Japan, emphasizing the
Iemoto system of Go under Tokugawa patronage. Another Western authority
on the history of Go particularly in China is John Fairbairn. He has
published most of his articles on Chinese go (or weichi) history in a
Journal called "Go World," but also at

The leading authority, not only in the history of Go but of all kinds of
games in Japan is Masukawa Koichi, whose major works on Go, Shogi,
Sugoroku, etc. have all been published in the series Mono to Ningen no
Bunkashi of Hosei Daigaku, alas, in Japanese only. I myself have
translated one of his articles on some aspects of Shogunal "Castle go"
into English, available at:

The page is a good place to gather information on go in
any respect. Another site, that contains much information, has the form
of a WIKI-site (anyone can freely contribute, i.e. there is no
structured table of contents, etc...) and is called "Sensei's Library"

Hope this helps
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 18:26:22 +0900
From: Iyanaga Nobumi <>
Subject: Nisus Writer Express 2.0 released


I am glad to announce that Nisus Writer Express 2.0 has been released yesterday. It finally supports footnotes and endnotes, tables, user-defined styles, etc. I have not yet tried it extensively, so I cannot say how it is good. It is still very slow when you open a big file. But at least, there is a new choice of word-processor for Mac OS X other than Word, Apple Works and Mellel able to deal with footnotes/endnotes. Please have a look at:

Best regards,

Nobumi Iyanaga
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 15:30:47 +0200
From: "Karin Lofgren" <>
Subject: Re: McArthur and his cultural interest?

I would like to thank all who kindly helped me with suggestions on where to find further material on the "sparing of Kyoto" during World War 2. I found the article in Japanese Quarterly and this article helped me a lot. I will continue to search the other suggested threads as well. The subject is truly interesting and I hope to be able to put together my own article soon.

Thanks again


Karin Lofgren
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 04:13:15 -0700
From: Roberta Strippoli <>
Subject: Kyoto Lectures September 24: Bernard Faure

Dear friends,
I just received this announcement for a Bernard Faure conference that I am
sure will attract many PMJS members in the Kansai area.
Wishing you a fruitful new academic year (or gakki)

Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient EFEO
Scuola Italiana di Studi sull'Asia Orientale ISEAS

Friday September 24th 18:00h

Bernard Faure will speak on

Gods of Obstacles in Medieval Japan

Through the intermediary of esoteric Buddhism, the cult of the gods of
obstacles developed rapidly in medieval Japan. These deities, who could
cause and remove obstructions of all kinds, came to be perceived as gods
controlling human destiny. A case in point is that of the "placenta deity"
who was believed to control human life from its embryonic stage till death
(and beyond). A closer look at these deities reveals an essential--albeit
largely ignored--aspect of pre-modern Japanese religion.

Bernard Faure is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at
Stanford University. He is particularly interested to the anthropological
hystory of East Asian Buddhism. The author of many books both in English and
in French, his most recent English publication is The Power of Denial:
Buddhism, Purity and Gender (Princeton University Press, 2003).

Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient (EFEO)
4, Yoshida Ushinomiya-cho, Sakyo-ku
Kyoto 606-8302 JAPAN

Phone: 075-751-8132
Fax: 075-751-8221
Phone: 075-761-3946
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 12:19:16 +0100
From: Richard Bowring <>
Subject: e-mail address request

Does anyone have the e-mail address for Christine Guth please? I need to ask
her how she obtained permission for an illustration in one of her articles.
Please reply to
Richard Bowring
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:02:39 -0400
From: Michael Watson <>
Subject: Re: A Heike related question

A question about Heike monogatari from Maggie Childs.

Hi Michael. Thanks for all your work with pmjs. I've been quietly
appreciating it.
Now I have a question, for you, or the list, whichever.
I've been wondering why Narichika is executed, and why in that
particular manner. The text says that Shigemori talked his father into
reducing the intended sentence of execution to exile (McCullough, p. 69
"[Kiyomori] gave up the idea of putting the Major Counselor to death.")
Then, without any explanation we read about Narichika's guards first
trying to poison him, then pushing him over a cliff onto spikes, a
gruesome death (p.83-84). If Narichika had died from the poison I'd
think his death was a faked natural death, an unofficial, 'plausibly
deniable' execution. Maybe his 'falling' off a cliff could be the same
thing, if you assume the guards would omit mention of the spikes in
their report, but word leaked out. Any other ideas?

[My suggestions--Michael Watson:]

I think that the Kakuichi-bon is conflating a few different stories here.
The closest thing we have to historical records about the incident are courtiers' diaries and Gukansho, but on this occasion they also give differing accounts.

(1) Kanezane's diary "Gyokuyou" reports rumours that Narichika may have killed on route to his place of exile.
(2) "Hyakurenshou" records that Narichika was sent to Bizen, and died there a month later (Angen 3=1173.6.2, 7.9 "kano kuni ni kouzu"--died rather than killed).
(3) "Kugyou bunin" reports his death as occurring on 7.13 (again the verb is KOU 薨).
(4) "Sonbi bunmyaku" gives the month of death as 8th month, and his age as 40.
(5) "Gukansho" describes how he was sent to Hizen (apparently a mistake for Bizen), and just seven days later, given poisoned sake to drink, dying instantly. This is the first mention of poison.
(The summary above is based on Sugimoto Keizaburo's "kaisetsu" to the passage in _Heike monogatari_, vol. 2, 212-3. I haven't checked the originals.)

Turning to Heike texts, we find the Yashiro variant has an account similar to Kakuichi. (The date of death is given as 8.17 rather than 8.19, in any case the correct month is thought to be the seventh--Tomikura Tokujirou, Heike monogatari Zenchuushaku, 1.340.)

The "yomibon" lineage texts differ, however. There is no mention of poisoning. Narichika dies after falling into a hole or onto stakes.

(6) Enkyou-bon (Engyo-bon) describes how Nanba Tsunetou is told to torture and kill Narichika. A hole is dug and a bridge built over it, then the surface is covered with earth, so that it looks like a path that has existed for years. Narichika walks across, falls in, and is buried there. This was done in secret but the word got out. (Ed. Yoshizawa Yoshinori, 160-1).

(7) Genpei josuiki, vol. 8, also describes how Nanba has an order from Rokuhara to kill Narichika, A new detail is that he is to "cut off his arms and legs at once and chop off his head." He plants pointed stakes at the bottom of a deep cliff ("fukaki gake"), pushes Narichika off and kills him. Nanba is quoted as "cruelly" ("nasake naku") saying that simple execution would be too ordinary. He has the body taken and buried in Ariki. (Ed. Mizuhara Hajime, 1.347-8).

If you are teaching the episode, you'll find a nicely gruesome illustration of Narichika on the stakes in the Heike monogatari emaki...

Perhaps someone has other suggestions.

Michael Watson

Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:19:29 -0400
From: "Jessey J.C. Choo" <jc...@...nceton.EDU>
Subject: Re: CFP Seventh Annual Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference

I believe this may be something that will interest those who have graduate students working on Buddhism or issues related to Buddhism.

Jessey J.C. Choo
Doctoral Candidate/EAS/Princeton University
Co-organizer of the conference

Re: CFP Seventh Annual Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Conference

Princeton University is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Buddhist
Studies Graduate Student Conference, to be held on April 22-24, 2005.
aim of this conference is to provide a forum for exchange and
cross-fertilization among current graduate student research projects related
to Buddhism. Twelve student papers (twenty minutes in length) will be
presented, each followed by comments from a faculty respondent. One session
will be allotted for a more informal discussion of methodological currents
in the field of Buddhist Studies. It is hoped that the combination of
graduate student peers and a diverse panel of faculty respondents will offer
presenters both critical and productive discussions of their work.

As in years past, there will be no explicit theme; however, we hope that
presenters will address the challenges of shifting paradigms and changing
disciplinary landscapes facing a new generation of scholars of Buddhism.
Toward this end, we encourage submissions reflecting a wide range of
subjects, methodologies, and disciplines including, but not limited to,
religious studies, history, anthropology, art history, area studies,
literature, and philosophy. Additionally, we seek to represent a diversity
of geographic regions relevant to the study of Buddhism.

Graduate students interested in presenting papers at the conference should
submit an abstract of 250 words or less to no later than
December 15, 2004. Adobe PDF or MS Word format is preferred.

Funding will be available to help defray the transportation costs of
graduate students who are presenting at the conference. Limited financial
assistance may also be available for other graduate student attendees, as
determined on a case-by-case basis. Lodging for presenters and a limited
number of non-presenters will be arranged by the conference organizers.

For more information please visit our website at

Conference-related inquiries should be directed to Stuart Young at
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 19:10:28 +0900
From: Sharon Yamamoto <>
Subject: Kyoto Graduate Research Workshop Announcement

The September speaker for the Kyoto Graduate Research Workshop (KGRW)
will be Morten Oxenboell, who will present "Akuto - Medieval
Japanese 'Terrorists'?" on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
at the Kyoto Stanford Center (For a map with directions, see

Hopefully the early evening time will allow many people to attend this
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 16:06:08 -0400
From: Michael Watson <>
Subject: Pure Lands in Japanese Religions

Galen Amstutz has asked me to forward this to the pmjs list. Please answer to <> directly!

From: Galen Amstutz <>

I will be a convener at the end of summer 2005 (August 31 to September 3, 2005) of a session on the theme of "Pure Lands in Japanese Religions" at the European Association of Japanese Studies convention to be held in Vienna, Austria. You can check the announcements and calls for papers online on the EAJS site at

The official theme is broad, and we will be considering for acceptance conference papers and panels on almost any kind of religious and philosophical subject. However, I expect papers might be clustered in three ways: Pure Land very generally; Shin Buddhism; and independent papers on varied topics.

Normal guidelines will be as follows:
LANGUAGE: Presentations in English are preferred but are also possible in Japanese.

PANEL PROPOSALS: We invite proposals for panels, which should typically consist of three presenters (or two presenters and a discussant) and a chair (normally the organizer of the panel) Panel proposals should be of approximately 90 minutes duration (for example, three twenty-minute papers, followed by ten minutesユ concluding remarks by a discussant, with remaining minutes being left for answers and discussion).

INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS: We equally invite proposals for individual papers. These should be about twenty minutes in length, with ten minutes allowed for discussion. Individual paper proposals will be grouped in panels by the convenors.

(Incidentally, as a rule, no participant should be in more than one session, and she or he should be a member of the EAJS.)

Under the umbrella of the theme, I myself am especially interested in exploring Shin Buddhism and things related to it. I think that Pure Land Buddhism remains, after decades of modern research, both very important in Japan and relatively misunderstood outside of Japan.
This conference is a somewhat unusual opportunity to go on the serious European academic stage and try to improve intellectual understanding.
I would especially like to encourage メunconventionalモ participation by scholars who are not specialists in doctrine (which is the way Pure Land is often narrowly presented), but who have developed an awareness of and an interest in Pure Land from some other equallly important direction, for example literature, psychology, social history, or comparative philosophy. One goal of the Vienna meetings would be to try to build up a more complex community of scholarly interest around Pure Land than has tended to exist in the past.

Beyond the conference, needless to say, the city of Vienna is a wonderful place to visit or revisit, a metropolis full of the most splendid food, art and music.

If you are interested in participating, I ask that you meet the following preparatory conditions (as is typical):

CONTACT DEADLINE: Paper or panel proposals should be sent by December 17, 2004 by e-mail (as an attached file) to both of the convenors.
( (

ABSTRACTS: To meet the planning needs of EAJS, we have to submit abstracts to its office soon after the end of the year, so abstracts have to be sent at the time of the contact deadline on December 17.
For panels, please send the title of the panel and a 250-word presentation explaining the overall focus; and together with that overall outline, a 300-word abstract for each separate participantユs paper. For individual papers, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words.

As usual, the following information about presenters is needed to accompany each abstract: title (Prof., Dr, Mr, Mrs, Miss), Name, Academic (or Other) Affiliation, Mailing Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mail address.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: The co-convenors plan to confirm to the presenters whether their paper or panel has been accepted by mid-January 2005. We anticipate that the number of participants interested in the theme will approximately match the time available at the conference.

In any case I would very much appreciate your advice about all this.

Many thanks,
Galen Amstutz
Shieikan Building #420
Ryukoku University
67 Tsukamoto-cho, Fukakusa
Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan 612-8577
phone 075-645-2894
fax 075-643-8510

Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 16:13:30 -0400
From: Michael Watson <>
Subject: Talk by Beatrice Bodart-Bailey at the ASJ

The Asiatic Society of Japan is pleased to announce their September Meeting
as follows:
Monday, September 27th, at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey
Professor, Otsuma Women's University, Tokyo
Subject: The Exorcist Yuten and Genroku Politics
Place: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen, 1-21-18 Shibuya,
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002. See map at:

Everyone interested is welcome

The Jodo sect monk Yuten (1637-1718) succeeded where others failed in
freeing women from demonic possession by his gift of hearing the voices of
vengeful spirits. Though he shunned religious status and affiliation, his
impact on society was significant, and, as he attended the afflicted, the
stories of his exorcisms began to circulate even in print. Eventually he
came to be patronized by Keisho-in, the mother of the fifth Tokugawa shogun
Tsunayoshi, and was raised to high clerical position.Unlike other priests
promoted by the fifth shogun and his mother, Yuten was not retired on the
death of the fifth shogun, and the sixth shogun later established a temple
for him in Meguro that still bears his name today.

This presentation looks at the significance of Yuten's work within the
framework of late seventeenth-century customs and politics.

//ed: Asiatic Society of Japan is at:
//diacritics have been removed from Jo^do, Yu^ten, Keisho^//

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Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 07:33:09 +0900
From: "demura-devore" <>
Subject: Sun, Moon, and Stars

A couple of days ago I saw an announcement for the upcoming exhibit at the Sendai City Museum, and given the recent discussion related to stars/astronomy, I wanted to pass this on. Below is the English announcement found on the museum's webpage. While the Japanese version of the announcement suggests that the exhibit may focus on warriors of the Sengoku period, specifically the Date family, the museum also advertises that the exhibit includes pieces (national treasures, etc.) assembled from musuems and temples from throughout Japan that date from the Heian through the Edo periods.

Ted Demura-Devore

"Sun, Moon, and Stars: Prayers to Celestial Bodies and Samurai Attire" (10/1-11/7)

People have entrusted various thoughts to astronomy from ancient times more.
The civil wars generals also put the prayer and the sun, the moon, and the stars are used for the helmet and the flag mark.
In the DATE Family, it is decided that flag is the sun and a helmet is half moon, and Kuyousei (Nine stars in Esoteric Buddism) are also used for one of the family crests after Masamune.
At this exhibition, the sun, the moon, and a stars introduce how it has been expressed by Buddhist art, arms, and the handicraft.
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 15:49:53 +0200
From: "Aldo Tollini" <>
Subject: Conference on Japanese Linguistics & Language Teaching

The Italian Association for Japanese Language Teaching
(Associazione Italiana Didattica della Lingua Giapponese),

organizes the

Third Conference on Japanese Linguistics and Language Teaching

in Rome, March, 17-19th, 2005

deadline for abstracts: November 30th, 2004

For further information please write to:

Best wishes

The Convenor
Aldo Tollini
University of Venice
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 14:33:14 -0400
From: "G. Cameron Hurst" <>
Subject: Re: Premodern Japan Course Design Dilemmas


I learned a lot from listening to everyone moan and groan about the lack of materials for premodern Japanese history, but I was gone for much of the summer and didn't have an opportunity to weigh in. Now here in am with the semester underway, and I have the usual mix of books I didn't want to use. But at least I thought that I would share my choices with you. I have to cover Japan down about to Perry, so I need a bit more than some of you.

I agree with Bob Borgen about the old hall Government and Local Power: I like it, especially because of the center-periphery interplay, but find that students don't like it much. I haven't had much luck with Hane, or Sansom for that matter; but I may go back to him anyway. So I am using the Totman volume, partly because it is brief and partly because I like the unorthodox treatment. I also use Varley's Japanese Culture--it covers much of what Totman does and a lot more , and the students don't seem to mind that there are almost 100 pages they don't have to read. With those two, there is a nice balance between cultural and institutional history .

Besides those two narrative texts, I still use the old Medieval Japan": Essays in Institutional History (nostalgia perhaps?), although we are working on a book of essays dedicated to Jeff Mass that may be a good replacement. I also use the Jansen volume extracted from the Cambridge history, the Warrior Rule in Japan . This gives them more detail about the successive bakufu than they need, but it allows me to say less in class! Finally, I also use the Lu volume, and I am as uncomfortable with it as Bob was. But the new Columbia is only a slight improvement over the old one (Vol. 1 stops too early for me); and the old Columbia, Vol. 1 is too narrow. So I use Lu in order to give them a broader flavor of the documentary materials premodernists have to confront. It works ok.

As far as literature is concerned, I do waffle. Sometimes I like to give them literary works--say The Pillow Book or McCullough. But I haven't been as successful using them. I agree that they may not be our best source of information on Heian Japan, but sometimes the flavor of the work really motivates a student to read more. The "selections" (McCullough) gives a wider sweep and has worked in the past. I am going to rethink the literature idea on the basis of what this class tells me.

I haven't assigned monographs, like Bob's Michizane book; but I do find that a chapter from several often work well in a supplementary reader.

Well, that's my current line-up. I'll share with you what this crop of students thinks of materials at the end of the semester.


Cappy Hurst
G. Cameron Hurst III
Professor, Japanese and Korean Studies
Director, Center for East Asian Studies
Chair, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
847 Williams/6305
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 17:00:19 -0700
From: Paul Atkins <>
Subject: AJLS Registration (reminder)

With apologies for cross-posting.
Paul Atkins

Dear Colleagues,

A gentle reminder that the deadline to register for this year's AJLS
conference is October 1. Registration is free of charge to all AJLS
members; however, we must receive your attendance form in advance of the
conference to reserve meals.

The simplest way to register is on-line; alternatively, you can mail in your
completed form.

On-line registration:
Mail-in registration: Print registration form from above website and send

AJLS 2004
c/o Department of Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3521

Questions? Send a message to:

We look forward to seeing many of you in Seattle.

Davinder Bhowmik
Paul Atkins
Ted Mack

Paul S. Atkins
Assistant Professor of Japanese
Department of Asian Languages & Literature
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3521 USA
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 06:49:24 -0500
From: Susan Videen <>
Subject: undergraduate study in Japan

Hello to all. I have a high school senior who wants to attend a college in
Japan for his 4 undergraduate years. He is interested in Ritsumeikan
Asian/Pacific University in Beppu. Does anyone know anything about the
reputation of this school? It has the advantage of offering the first two
years of study in English, followed by two in Japanese, and this student
needs the time to improve his language abilities.

Would you recommend any other institution?

Thanks for any help you can give us.

--Susan Videen
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 07:49:52 -0700
From: "Dix Monika" <>
Subject: Query>Women Praying for the Salvation of their Mothers

Dear PMJS Members,

Medieval Japanese literature comprises many stories of young women who become nuns after the death of their fathers, husbands, sons, or lovers. However, it seems that stories of young women who become nuns after the death of their mothers are quite rare.
If members know of any narratives (with the exception of CHUJOHIME'S LEGEND) that address this issue of women praying for the death of their mothers or could suggest links to pursue, I would greatly appreciate your assistance.

Monika Dix

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